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Manu Feildel shares plans for his dream business venture and lockdown horns with local council

TV chef Manu Feildel shares plans for his dream business venture and his frustrations with the local council who rejected him

Celebrity chef Manu Feildel has big plans to expand his popular TV kitchen at Botany into a prestigious reception center.

But judge My Kitchen Rules has been locked in a battle with local Bayside Council, which rejected Manu’s proposal for the extension last year.

Feildel, 47, has since submitted a new revised proposal that comes with several changes in hopes the chef can create the business of his dreams.

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Hope: TV chef Manu Feildel has shared his plans for his dream business venture and his frustrations with the local council who initially rejected him

“Being at Botany there are a lot of restrictions and we had to jump through hoops and make a lot of changes to the building as well as reduce our staff from 80 to 50,” Feildel told The Daily Telegraph.

“Because it’s a commercial place it’s all about regulations and it’s in a flood prone area another issue was parking. There are lots of rules.

The local council originally rejected the studio’s previous development proposal last December, citing insufficient flood risk assessments, inadequate parking, fire safety checks and insufficient noise ratings as the reason.

Rejected: The local council originally rejected the previous development proposal last December, citing insufficient flood risk assessments, inadequate parking, insufficient fire safety checks and noise assessments as the reason

Rejected: The local council originally rejected the previous development proposal last December, citing insufficient flood risk assessments, inadequate parking, insufficient fire safety checks and noise assessments as the reason

“The proposed development is not considered to be in the public interest and is likely to set an undesirable precedent,” the council said in a statement.

Manu confessed he has since become “numb” with the council after planning the development request “over a year ago and still pending”.

“If by January or February we don’t have this nice letter saying it’s approved, I don’t know what we’ll do,” he added.

Plans for his venue indicate that it can host a myriad of events, including cooking classes, cocktail demonstrations, recipe development tastings, product launches and corporate dinners.

Patient: Manu says he has since become

Patient: Manu says he has since become ‘numbed’ to the board after planning the development request ‘over a year ago and is still waiting’

Feildel says the venue could also be used for “small weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, parties, brand launches, car launches, fashion shoots.”

Construction work has already been completed for the reception area.

If the Bayside Council approves the location, the center will be run by Manu’s wife, Clarissa Feildel.

It will also be a busy time for Manu next year after it was revealed the TV chef will return as a judge in the new season of My Kitchen Rules.

Approval: If the Bayside Council approves the venue, it will be managed by Manu's wife, Clarissa Feildel.  It will also be a busy time for Manu next year who returns as a judge on the new season of My Kitchen Rules.  Pictured with daughter Charlee, six

Approval: If the Bayside Council approves the venue, it will be managed by Manu’s wife, Clarissa Feildel. It will also be a busy time for Manu next year who returns as a judge on the new season of My Kitchen Rules. Pictured with daughter Charlee, six

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